Verdict from 16 experts and +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Ultra Raptor features a breathable Air Mesh upper.
  • It has an EVA Rock Guard, which provide foot protection from stones and other debris.
  • Many testers were welcomed the durable nature of this running shoe
  • Stability is received from the mid-sole and even upper unit, both of which utilize components that keep the foot balanced and in place.
  • This shoe has the Sticky FriXion XF rubber outsole for impressive grip and traction on rocky surfaces.
  • The Impact Brake System lessens impact and improves the surface grip during uphill and downhill traversals.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners experienced slippage when running on technical terrain and wet surfaces.
  • The weight of this running shoe is heavy.
  • Its price is slightly expensive.
  • There were testers who noted that it was too bulky and unwieldy.

Bottom line

The La Sportiva Ultra Raptor is a neutral running shoe designed for trail running. It features a combination of comfortable, stable and responsive parts that give an adequate ride. You can use this shoe as a daily trainer or for long distance running.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • The La Sportiva Ultra Raptor features the Impact Brake lugged system that is specifically designed to lessen the landing impact and improved the traction for downhill and uphill runs.
  • It also comes with an enhanced outsole where the sticky rubber compound is strategically located, delivering impressive traction and grip on technical and rocky terrains.
  • This shoe also comes with a heel pocket cushioning that delivers added durability and comfortable fit for a long-lasting running performance.

The Ultra Raptor is true to its size. The heel, midfoot and forefoot areas are of standard measurements, giving a snug and comfortable fit. The men’s and women’s version is available in medium and wide widths.

The Ultra Raptor from La Sportiva features the brand’s FriXion XF outsole that delivers full-length durable traction specifically designed for rocky and technical terrain. This functions with the aggressive impact lugs engineered to lessen landing impact for a more stable and responsive ride. The rock guard in the forefoot gives added foot protection from rock bruises while running on rocky terrain.

The midsole unit of the shoe uses injected molded EVA that delivers a moderate amount of cushioning. It also uses the Flex Transfer Shank that is specifically designed for torsional rigidity.

The upper of the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor is very breathable because of the air mesh cover that encompasses almost the entire upper. The flexible material offers a sublime fit. The lacing harness extends from the lacing eyelets to the midsole for a snug fit. In contrast, the Salomon Speedcross 5 utilizes nylon mesh in its upper.


How La Sportiva Ultra Raptor ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 20% trail running shoes
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Top 32% La Sportiva running shoes
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Top 22% neutral running shoes
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